Rugby Canada has announced lineup for the Canada Selects team slated to play Uruguay A Friday at the Americas Rugby Championship.
The captain is 25-year-old prop Andrew Tiedemann, who already has 21 caps for Canada.
"Obviously you want to win for your country and home fans and the other guys putting in the time in effort so a chance to win at home is very important,” said Tiedemann. “Any time you get on the field you want to win the game.”
Youngsters Adam McQueen and Jack Fitzpatrick will lead the backline from fullback and flyhalf, respectively, while the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Pan-American Games duo of Conor Trainor and Mike Scholz slot in at center.
Along with Tiedemann, Canada’s pack will be led by Adam Kleeberger, who makes his return to Canada’s jersey since 2011, Abbotsford’s Aaron Flagg and The Rock’s Zac Coughlan at No. 8.
Canada’s squad was selected after the completion of the 2013 Canadian Rugby Championship that was ultimately won by the Ontario Blues who hoisted the MacTier Cup for the third year in a row.
Seven members of the Blues were named to Canada’s team for the tournament. Eight players will represent the BC Bears while the Prairie Wolf Pack will have five representatives. The Rock will have three representatives at the tournament competing for Canada.
Canada kicks off against Uruguay at 8pm PT on Friday, Oct. 11.
Canada’s Roster to Face Uruguay:
1- Andrew Tiedemann, (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB - Captain
2- Micha Gorvorchin, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) New Westminster, BC
3- Jake Illnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
4- Henry (Hank) McQueen, (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) West Vancouver, BC
5- Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
6- Callum Morrison, (UBCOC Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
7- Adam Kleeberger, (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
8- Zac Coughlan, (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John’s, NL
9- Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
10- Jack Fitzpatrick, (Dublin University Football Club) Dublin, Ireland
11- Joe Dolesau, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
12- Mike Scholz, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) London, ON
13- Conor Trainor, (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14- Duncan Maguire, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
15- Adam McQueen, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Canmore, AB
16- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
17- Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
18- Ryan March, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
19- Kyle Baille, (Castaway Wanderers/The Rock) Charlottetown, PEI
20- Matt Heaton, (SABRFC/The Rock) Godmanchester, QC
21- Alistair Clark, (Baystreet RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
22- Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
23- Jordan Wilson-Ross, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coach: Chris Silverthorn
Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
Manager: Mark Winokur
Performance Analyst: Calum Ramsay
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Andy Evans
Physiotherapist: Danielle Mah
Athletic Therapist: Jessica Smith
Media Coordinator: Bryan Kelly